The design started as a grill. Ended up as a 48″ Rumford-esque chimneyed fireplace with a 2′ deep cooking hearth for embers. The 32×36″ barrel-dome oven was soon added. The end posts are to support a pergola, and will conveniently act as supports for concrete countertops. To add to the drama, the entire project will be largely built with recycled/reclaimed/reused masonry – partly out of frugality but largely out of a desire to build something grand out of others’ discards.
It’s no secret I feel strongly about cooking over a fire, so building what one city planner called the ‘grand-daddy’ of wood burning appliances is not surprisingly quite a joy. I will share the joy as the job moves forward.